Category Archives: North America

Mind the Gap American Style

I adore living overseas – so please take everything I say with that in mind.  Our home away from America-home is breathtakingly beautiful, the people are fantastic, and I’m not lying when I say that the food is the best food I’ve eaten anywhere in the world.  EVER.  FULL STOP.

But I also love going home to visit America.  It’s awesome – have you ever toured a Target after 18 months of shopping in various African markets?  I mean, Woolworths is fantastic – my favorite store overseas (and also  Marks and Spencer, whose chicken and stuffing sandwiches make my year, no lie), but there is something about having seventy-six types of salsa to choose from, as well as fourteen aisles of sugary delight cereal and milk available by the gallon that just makes it easy to relax with fast internet and the largest Netflix offering in the world.  SO MUCH NETFLIX, OMG.  How does anyone in America get anything done with so much Netflix available?

But there is one thing I dread about visiting America.  One thing that I can say, without a doubt, is a level of horrid that I encounter in no other developed countries.

The public toilets.

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Hotels and Apartments and Campsites

I’m a HomeAway junkie, I’ll own it.  Whenever we decide to make a trip, HomeAway is my first stop to find accommodation.  We’re usually traveling with at least three children, and like any parents we like a little bit of privacy.

Two weeks in single hotel rooms with two double beds and a roll-away is a recipe for disaster.  Also death threats.  Possibly sanitarium time.  Definitely a need for a vacation-from-the-vacation.

That’s where my obsession with HomeAway comes in.

Our HomeAway rental in Rome included this baby donkey in a side yard.  For real.
Our HomeAway rental in Rome included this baby donkey in a side yard. For real.

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Don’t Fear… One Way Tickets

This summer I’m sending my husband on a very short trip, but one he has been dying to take since… forever.

Shanghai?  Kuala Lumpur?  Sydney?  No.  No.  No.

 

Definitely not Marrakech.

A fantasy and gaming convention.  You’re welcome, honey.

But of course, I want to get him there cheaply, and I don’t want to waste our precious airline miles on it.  Done and done – how?

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Beyond Big Ben

This is, I think, my favorite picture we’ve ever taken on any of our travels.

Baby's first photo bomb.
Baby’s first photo bomb.

Fresno the Husband wasn’t too up on appearing on the internet (weirdo), but I had to include this picture.  Honestly, this picture is what makes the best travel memories – Mr. Dirty popping up in what was supposed to be a picture of just Mom and Dad.

In any case, this picture, ridiculous though it may be, is pretty much what we expect from travel.  If you’re in London you see Big Ben, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, and if you have time you hit up Harrod’s.  Or maybe you hit up Harrod’s first, I’m certainly not going to judge.

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On Airlines : British Airways

Disclaimer:  We use British Airways a lot, and we have a rather large point balance with them.

BA flying all majestic-in-the-skies
BA flying all majestic-in-the-skies

Why, you may ask, do we have a large BA point balance instead of using those beautiful little things to purchase more travel?

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